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Spring Budget 2017

To read our full summary of all of the key points and measures, follow this link – SPRING BUDGET 2017 SUMMARY.

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first, and last, Spring Budget was delivered at a pivotal moment for the UK as it readies itself to begin the process of leaving the EU. The Chancellor will announce a second Budget in the autumn as the Treasury changes to the new financial cycle from 2018. (more…)

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Budget to build a global Britain

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his bullish first – and last – spring Budget against the backdrop of Brexit and an economy that continues to confound the commentators with robust growth.

“We are building the foundations of a stronger, fairer, more global Britain,” he told a noisy House of Commons on International Women’s Day – a fact that Mr Hammond alluded to with news that a higher proportion of women are in employment than ever before. (more…)

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National Minimum Wage updates and Apprenticeship Levy

With updates to matters surrounding payroll  coming into play next month, including  the national minimum wage increase and the apprenticeship levy, we have created a payroll end of year factsheet to guide you through these changes:

Payroll 2016 17 End of Year Changes Factsheet

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VAT Flat Rate – puncture repair required?

Article written by Greg Mayne, Director of Indirect Tax and VAT

greg-mayne-boxWe have had a number of enquiries from clients currently operating the VAT Flat Rate Scheme who are concerned about the imminent changes to the scheme. As a quick reminder the Flat Rate Scheme allows smaller businesses (those with annual turnover of less than £150,000) to pay to HMRC a percentage of their income, rather than the ‘normal’ VAT charged on their supplies – this percentage being lower than the standard rate of VAT (20%).



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Meet our new Associates

Andrew Collyer, Matthew Lightfoot, Alex Baker, and Dale King have all excelled at BH since first joining us as trainees. Since qualifying, all four have been successful at managing an extensive portfolio of clients, and been given  greater responsibility within the firm.

Given the quality of their work and the level of commitment they have provided to our clients, the partners are proud to formally welcome them all as Associates of the firm.
With an exciting future ahead of them, the four are joining an already impressive group of talented Associates. (more…)

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Canterbury Rugby Club win BH Sponsored Match

Burgess Hodgson were match sponsors for the Canterbury RFC game against Barnstaple on Saturday 7 January. In an evenly-fought game Canterbury emerged victorious by 38 points to 32, and Man of the Match Barney Howard is pictured receiving his award from Greg Mayne, Associate at Burgess Hodgson.

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BH raises £6,909 for local charity “Snaap”

Each year Burgess Hodgson nominate a charity to benefit from annual staff fundraising efforts.
Staff have really pushed the boundaries in 2016, raising a firm record of £6,909 for local charity Snaap (Special Needs Advisory & Activities Project).

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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from all at Burgess Hodgson

Wishing all our friends, clients and colleagues a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!


Our Christmas opening hours are as follows:

Thursday 22nd December – Business as usual

Friday 23rd December – Closed from 2.15pm

Monday 26th – Thursday 29th December – Closed

Friday 30th December – Business as usual

Monday 2nd January – Closed

From Tuesday 3rd January onward – Business as usual


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Changes for Landlords to consider

Article written by our Associate, Fiona Wilkes

As we turn to the final quarter of the 2016/17 tax year, many buy to let landlords are reviewing their affairs due to the restriction of tax relief on loan interest and finance costs being brought in from 6 April 2017.
Any higher rate tax relief on loan interest and finance costs, such as arrangement fees, will be restricted from 6 April 2017, with the restriction being phased in over 3 tax years.


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Autumn Statement: VAT – Flat rate inflated?

Article by Greg Mayne, our Director of indirect tax and VAT

Many smaller businesses benefit from the simplification and tax advantage that comes with using the VAT Flat Rate Scheme for small businesses. By way of a memory jogger this scheme applies to businesses with a taxable turnover of £150,000 or less, and allows the business to pay to HMRC a percentage of their income rather than the amount of VAT collected from customers. The ‘trade off’ for this is that VAT incurred on expenditure cannot
be recovered unless it is for a single capital asset of more than £2,000. (more…)

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